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Seattle at Kansas City

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Seattle (57-92)000000000041
Kansas City (66-84) «10010010x3121

Royals 3, Mariners 0

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kyle Davies picked up the tempo in the final three innings of his last outing, finding a rhythm as he got Minnesota's hitters to swing at pitches out of the zone.

It worked then, so he tried it again.

Davies matched a career high with eight strikeouts in eight innings and combined with closer Joakim Soria on a four-hitter, lifting the Kansas City Royals to a 3-0 victory over the struggling Seattle Mariners on Monday.

"The last three innings in Minnesota, the tempo was a whole lot better," Davies said. "My pitches were down, they were swinging at pitches out of the zone and I was getting soft contact, if not, no contact. That's what happened tonight."

Davies (7-7) had scuffled over the past month or so, going 1-5 with a 5.34 ERA in six starts, in part because of high pitch counts.

The right-hander worked quickly and efficiently against the Mariners, getting ahead in the count with fastballs, then dropping in curveballs and change-ups to keep them off-balance.

"Good pitching generally beats good hitting and he just beat us," Mariners manager Jim Riggleman said.

Davies didn't allow a hit until Jose Lopez lined a high fastball into right for a single leading off the fifth, and had Seattle swinging through off-speed pitches, striking out four of five batters in the second and third innings.

Davies worked out of a jam in the sixth, getting Yuniesky Bettancourt to ground into a double play with runners on the corners and one out, and ended the seventh with another double play.

Soria worked the ninth for his 38th save in 41 chances, though Davies probably could have finished it off after throwing 95 pitches and not walking a batter for the first time this season.

"That's, by far, the No. 1 outing of the year," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "He was commanding the ball, his confidence (was up), he was attacking the hitters. Kyle always has the mind-set of being aggressive and attacking the hitters, but he was able to keep the ball in the zone a lot more."

Seattle starter Carlos Silva's struggles had gone back much further than Davies'.

The right-hander has won once since April -- June 28 at San Diego -- and had gone 0-5 with an 8.40 ERA his last nine outings.

Silva (4-15) had gotten himself in trouble by getting the ball up too much, never a good thing for a sinkerball specialist. He was relatively sharp against Kansas City after missing his last start due to back spasms, keeping the ball mostly down while allowing eight hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings.

The Mariners didn't give him much help, getting shut out for the 10th time this season for their fifth straight loss.

"There's no excuses -- we just got beat," Riggleman said.

The Royals probably would have had more if not for more problems on the base paths.

Kansas City lost one run in the first inning when Ryan Shealy was called out on appeal for missing third base on Mark Teahen's single. Another potential run was erased in the sixth inning, when slow-running Alex Gordon was thrown out at the plate by right-fielder Ichiro Suzuki trying to score from first on Alberto Callaspo's double.

Jose Guillen was also thrown out at third base in the sixth after an error at first base.

Unlike some of its previous baserunning blunders this season, Kansas City was able to work past the mistakes with their fifth consecutive game with double-digit hits (12).

Teahen got the RBI he missed out on earlier with a run-scoring single up the middle -- Guillen made sure he touched the base rounding third -- and Mike Aviles made it 4-0 with a chopper off Sean Green that bounced off the plate in the seventh.

For a team that's been out of the pennant race for months, this short run of four straight wins has been enjoyable.

"They're having fun in the dugout and having fun doing it at the plate," Hillman said. "I would say that they're more relaxed."

Notes

Seattle's Raul Ibanez was 0-for-3, ending his streak of reaching base safely at 32 games. ... Kansas City CF David DeJesus had his errorless streak end at 127 games when he overthrew a ball into the infield in the sixth inning.
 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

K. Davies
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 8
Kansas City

M. Teahen
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4010000 .310
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4000001 .271
Raul Ibanez, LF3000010 .310
Jose Lopez, 1B3020000 .296
Jeremy Reed, CF3000011 .268
Tug Hulett, DH3000031 .229
Matt Tuiasosopo, 3B3000011 .167
Kenji Johjima, C3010000 .212
Luis Valbuena, 2B3000031 .059
Totals2904009  
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ichiro Suzuki 1
DP - Tuiasosopo-Valbuena-J. Lopez
E - Matt Tuiasosopo (1, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Carlos Silva (L,4-15) 5.1822040 6.42
Mark Lowe 0.2000000 5.62
Justin Thomas0100000 9.00
Sean Green 1311020 4.65
Jared Wells 1000010 8.22
WP - Carlos Silva (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 95-59, Justin Thomas 3-2, Sean Green 18-13, Jared Wells 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 7-4, Mark Lowe 1-0, Jared Wells 2-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 23, Mark Lowe 1, Justin Thomas 1, Sean Green 5, Jared Wells 3
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF-RF4011010 .299
Mike Aviles, SS-2B4120000 .323
Jose Guillen, RF4120013 .265
    Mitch Maier, CF0000000 .313
Ryan Shealy, 1B4020010 .387
Mark Teahen, LF4031001 .254
Billy Butler, DH4000003 .270
Alex Gordon, 3B3010012 .257
Miguel Olivo, C3000023 .256
Alberto Callaspo, 2B3010010 .306
    Tony Pena, PR-SS0100000 .164
Totals33312207  
Batting
2B - Jose Guillen (40, Silva), Alberto Callaspo (6, Green)
RBI - David DeJesus (68), Mark Teahen (54)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (27)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Gordon-Callaspo-Shealy, Callaspo-Aviles-Shealy
E - David DeJesus (1, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
Kyle Davies (W,7-7) 8400080 4.32
Joakim Soria (S,38) 1000010 1.71
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 98-66, Joakim Soria 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 7-7, Joakim Soria 1-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 26, Joakim Soria 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10307
Game Time - 2:15
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Brian Knight